Work integrated learning: a guide to effective practice by Lesley Cooper

By Lesley Cooper

The call for for work-ready graduates, who're conversant in organizational practices within the office is expanding, and so the necessity for larger paintings built-in studying (WIL) is a growing to be quandary for the schooling region. With the globalization of upper schooling and the cultural and linguistic demanding situations this brings, WIL has develop into a middle strategic factor for lots of companies. analyzing WIL as a means of integration among offices, greater schooling associations, govt, enterprise and undefined, this ebook comprises: ideas for handling paintings built-in studying reviews The what, while, the place, why and who of WIL throughout professions recommendation on development relationships among larger schooling and the place of work counsel on getting ready beginners successfully for paintings useful case experiences from firsthand event Direct info and guideline at the use of WIL paintings built-in studying is a pragmatic consultant that may be utilized by the schooling quarter and employers alike. An built-in source, acceptable to all fascinated with paintings built-in studying, it is going to additionally attract pro-Vice Chancellors of educating and studying, WIL coordinators, careers providers, and all these concerned with criteria and competency.

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Whilst it is clear that work integrated learning is not a new element of university studies, the drivers for its practice are new and the locus of leadership and imperatives for management have changed. These new drivers promise a significant, positive impact on actual practice, management, curricula, external partnerships and, most importantly, student learning experiences. The most significant change is that work integrated learning has become an important element in institutional and national agendas.

This integration is achieved through focusing on the seven key dimensions when planning and implementing work integrated learning programmes. Seven key dimensions of work integrated learning Purpose Defining the purpose of work integrated learning experiences for students guides decisions about which work integrated learning model to use. Having a clear purpose beyond simply integrating theory with practice means clarifying goals, expectations and intended outcomes for students, the workplace, the university and community to ensure strong partnerships in suitable contexts that facilitate integrated, supported student learning.

Work integrated learning terminologies Terms classified as work integrated learning include practicum, internships, fieldwork, cooperative education, field education, sandwich course, service learning and international service learning. 1 shows a list of terms that fit the classification of work integrated learning. Regardless of the terms used, all work integrated learning is characterized by seven key dimensions: purpose; context; nature of the integration; curriculum issues; the learning; partnerships between the university and the workplace or community; and the support provided to the student and the workplace.

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